Welsh date for new champion Nick and five new caps

Nick Marsh 2014

Newly-crowned English champion Nick Marsh (Huddersfield, Yorkshire) has been selected along with five new caps in the 11-strong England team for the Home Internationals at Southerndown in Wales on 13th – 15th August.

Those making their debuts at full international level are Tomasz Anderson (Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire), Adam Chapman (Windermere, Cumbria), Luke Johnson (King’s Lynn, Norfolk), Paul Kinnear (Formby, Lancashire) and Dan Wasteney (Lindrick, Yorkshire).

The rest of the squad is: Harry Casey (Enfield, Middlesex), Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park, Shropshire & Herefordshire), Seb Crookall-Nixon (Workington, Cumbria), Ryan Evans (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) and Ben Stow (Rushmore, Wiltshire).

Toby Tree (Golf at Goodwood, Sussex), an England regular for the last three years, was not available as he is competing in the US Amateur Championship the same week.

Marsh (image copyright Leaderboard Photography), 19, who won the English Amateur Championship at Saunton last weekend, made his full international debut in last year’s Home Internationals at Ganton after reaching the Amateur Championship quarter finals and finishing runner-up in the North of England Youths and Welsh Open Youths Championships.

This year, he has had two more second places, in the Portuguese Amateur and Scottish Stroke Play Championship, so his victory in the English Amateur was overdue.

Anderson, 22, was a semi-finalist in last year’s English Amateur Championship at Frilford Heath. This year the Jacksonville State University student qualified for the match play but went out in the first round. He also reached the last 32 of the Amateur Championship and was tied 14th in the South of England Amateur.

Chapman, 19, was a boy cap last year when he finished second in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and the Junior County Champions Tournament. This year, he finished third in the Duncan Putter, sixth in the Welsh Open Stroke Play and reached the last 16 of the Amateur Championship.

Johnson, 22, who started 2014 as a member of the England ‘A’ squad, has won two titles this year, the Berkhamsted Trophy and the West of England Stroke Play. He also finished fourth in the Selborne Salver and equal seventh in the Portuguese Amateur and the Welsh Open Stroke Play and reached the last 16 of the English Amateur.

Kinnear, 20, is another former boy cap who also steps up from the ‘A’ squad. He won the Tillman Trophy last year and was also a member of the victorious Lancashire team in the English County Championship. A former Lancashire boy champion, he reached this year’s Amateur Championship last 16.

Wasteney, 22, also steps up from the ‘A’ squad. A former winner of the Yorkshire Open, he finished equal ninth in last year’s North of England Youths Championship and in 2014 he has finished equal third in the St Andrews Links Trophy, fourth in the Brabazon Northern Qualifier and reached the last 16 of the English Amateur.

Casey, 21, is a former under 16 and boy cap who made his full international debut against Spain in 2013. He was also a member of that year’s winning England team in the Home Internationals and played against France this year. Also last year, he won the Selborne Salver, lost a playoff for the Dutch Junior Open and finished third in the Portuguese Amateur and the Hampshire Salver. He represented England Golf in Australia earlier this year.

Chesters, 24, earned his first full cap against France in 2012 and won all four of his matches against the French this year. He became European Amateur champion last year when he was also selected in the European team against Asia/Pacific in the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy. This year he had finished joint second in the Brabazon Trophy and fifth in the Portuguese Amateur and the Welsh Open Stroke Play.

Crookall-Nixon, 20, was English under 16 champion in 2008 and 2009. Currently at university in San Francisco, he made his full England debut in the 2012 Home Internationals and reached the English Amateur quarter finals that year. This year, he was finished equal second in the South of England Amateur at Walton Heath.

Evans, 27, made his debut for England in last year’s Home Internationals. Also last year he won the Berkshire Trophy and the Biarritz Cup in France and returned from Australia this year having won the Lake Macquarie International and the Avondale Medal. Finished runner-up to Stow in the Brabazon Trophy, equal fifth in the Scottish Open Stroke Play and reached the last 16 in the English Amateur.

Stow, 22, made his full England debut in the 2011 Home Internationals and has been a regular since. Attending the University of Kentucky, he has tasted victory and finished sixth in the Jones Cup in America this year then returned home to win the Brabazon Trophy at Seaton Carew. He was a member of the Wiltshire team that won the County Championship in 2011 and is a former winner of the Welsh Open Youths and the South West Championships.

England will be defending the Raymond Trophy after regaining it last year at Ganton.